Earlier this evening I noticed one of my friends had posted photos of the Tea Party Rally taking place at City Center DC on Facebook. I was planning on going that part of the city to attend a gallery opening, so I decided to stop by the event and take some photographs of people in the crowd.
Generally speaking, I’ve always felt this Taxpayer March on Washington reeks of astroturf— a term used for fake grassroots. With this weekend’s Taxpayer March on Washington being heavily promoted on Fox News and other conservative media outlets, it cannot be considered grassroots by any means. The concept of a grassroots movement is that it is organic and not promoted from the top down, but organized from the bottom up.
Upon arriving at City Center I was immediately aware that the “patriots” were actually standing on astroturf. I let out a hearty laugh at the irony many of those present were not aware of. Below are some of the photographs I took earlier this evening. In a couple days I hope to have the videos I recorded uploaded to YouTube.
Manipulated photo showing some of the demonstrators
View the rest:
Animated GIF featuring both sides of a demonstrator’s sign
Three women holding signs while standing on astroturf
Backside of a demonstrator standing on the astroturf
A sign that reads “Exactly how much should I pay for your healthcare” with Joker/Obama stickers
A random crowd shot
Tomorrow’s demonstration should be quite interesting….
Related Taxpayers March on DC Entries:
– Photographs of the Taxpayers March on Washington [PART ONE]
– Photographs of the Taxpayers March on Washington [PART TWO]
– Photographs of the Taxpayers March on Washington [PART THREE]
– YouTube Video of Teabaggers Having A Rally On Astroturf